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Phoenix man gets 12 years for racketeering

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A Phoenix man was sentenced to 12 years in prison Friday on racketeering charges after authorities allege he killed a man in Alamogordo in 2011 who had crossed some meth traffickers in the small town.

Matias Loza, in his early 30s, was convicted and sentenced in the 12th Judicial District Court on Friday after a five-day trial.

The Attorney General’s Office, which prosecuted the case, alleged that Loza was part of a meth-trafficking ring dubbed the AZ Boys whose leaders were convicted of money laundering and racketeering charges earlier this year.

Loza was a “minion” who authorities say killed Richard Valdez – who was the father of the leader’s daughter’s children – in November 2011 because Valdez had crossed the group.

Valdez was found dead, burned in a car.

Loza has a separate murder trial scheduled for later this year.

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